Kiev, 22 February 2022 (dpa/MIA) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky does not see an increased risk of war despite Russia’s recognition of the self-proclaimed People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine.
“We believe that there will be no major war against Ukraine,” the head of state said after a meeting with Estonian counterpart Alar Karis in Kiev on Tuesday. However, he said martial law would be imposed in the event of an escalation.
He rejected demands by separatist representatives to withdraw from parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions under government control.
“We are not talking to them. We don’t know who they are,” the 44-year-old leader said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had recognized the independence of the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine on Monday night. The Kremlin leader also ordered a deployment of Russian soldiers to eastern Ukraine.